• Personal

    Struggling

    I know that many of us (just judging by Twitter) are struggling with the energy to meet each day, to do our jobs, to meet deadlines and conquer challenges, in the current dark and mean times. I know it’s not just me.

    I also know that I have a wonderful situation in that I work for myself, from home rather than in the small, grey cubicle that I spent so many year inhabiting. I’m not ungrateful for that. And yet, I still struggle to get through every day. Sometimes I have weeks in which I haven’t left the house once, or talked to another person who isn’t my husband, or felt like a real human rather than a ghost drifting through these quiet rooms.

    This is all complaining, of course…I am aware of that. :) I just seem to have forgotten how to live my own life, and I’m not sure what to do about that.

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  • Stock Photos

    Freebie Friday: Yeah, It’s Thursday

    I was feeling a bit blue today so I thought I’d take a minute to add another free stock image. Sometimes the news and social media combine to present an overwhelming picture of an increasingly bleak, hateful world and that wears on me. I think it wears on us all. I’m limited in supporting change with time and money, so this is one of my very small offerings to try to make the world a bit less hateful. Here you go, free stuff – have fun with it and write some diverse characters to give girls everywhere hope for the future.

     

    Personal or commercial use for art or the creation of book covers permitted. Re-sale as stock, or re-sale without change, is prohibited.

  • Stock Photos

    Freebie Friday: Taking the Black

    I’ll post again someday, I swear. :D In the meantime, have a (probably too specific to actually use, but what the hell) freebie stock image.

    Personal or commercial use for art or the creation of book covers permitted. Re-sale as stock, or re-sale without change, is prohibited.

  • Stock Photos

    Freebie Friday: End Times Sign

    Okay, obviously it isn’t Friday yet (damn it), but I had a few minutes to upload something so I will.

    *casts all propriety to the winds, tears off clothing, runs down the street singing I Gotta Be Me*

    Ahem.

    Anyway, here you are: an eroded sign of the apocalypse. Add your own letters as needed. Personal or commercial use for art or the creation of book covers permitted. Re-sale as stock, or re-sale without change, is prohibited.

     

    End Times Sign Ravven

  • book cover art,  Stock Photos

    Freebie Friday: Sci Fi Woman

    Another Freebie Friday, this one for a sci fi scene. I very rarely do stock with a scene and figure because, well, I hate the idea of a bunch of covers that all look the same. I did like this one, however, so I decided to make it free. Do something different with her.

    Use as you will, commercial use okay, just don’t resell as stock or I’ll take the whappin’ stick to you. :)

     

  • Stock Photos

    Kickass Older Assassin Stock

    Book Cover Stock

    New book cover stock is in the process of being uploaded and approved, multiple images of a badass, mature woman assassin. I fully admit that I create a lot of stock just because I really want to read the book that this character may feature in. We don’t get enough books with badass older women…I don’t know about anyone else, but I certainly don’t identify with cookie-baking grannies just because I’m getting older. :)

  • book cover art,  Stock Photos

    Freebie Friday…the First :D

    This is the first in a series of non-regular (i.e., occasional and random) freebie offerings. Download it for book cover stock or artwork, personal or commercial use is okay, but just don’t resell it as your own stock. Play nice. :) Change the hair, add a new face, change anything that you need – the stock that I create is meant for book cover artists who need more action-y poses, or new clothing options. Have fun!

     

    Click to download

     

  • Personal

    January Blues

    As you’ve probably guessed, I’ve been lax in keeping up with the book design series that I’d planned, but we will get there in the end! 

    January has been:

    • Cold
    • Grey
    • Full of TOO MUCH WORK that I put off over the holidays
    • Depressed. I mean the month itself is probably just peachy, but I seemed to sink into the grey days. I’m working on that.
    • Full of the threat of dreaded self-employment tax looming over me. Agggghhhhh! It burnssss ussss!

    I haven’t been playing much, aside from levelling another new alt in FFXIV which is one of the ways that I cope with stress. We were playing Warcraft again in anticipation of having new races to play with, but the grind involved in unlocking them finally wore me down. I guess I don’t want to play a Nightborne that much (plus I frigging hate Suramar with the fury of a thousand suns). 

    I’m still looking forward to playing Fallout 4 VR, but we held off on purchasing it until some of the launch issues were worked out. Also I am trying to convince the husband to move all of the VR stuff to the livingroom so we can both play, rather than in his tiny computer room. *hard Paddington stare*

    That’s all. I hate January and February with a passion. They’re the grey months, the cold and mean months when it seems as though the summer will never return.

  • Clockwork Courts

    The Clockwork Courts: Steampunk Tales

    The Clockwork Bluebird

    Maia and her brother Tyler find themselves in the midst of a war between the Faerie Courts on Christmas Eve. Accompanied by a talking dog, a clockwork kitchen servant and Fox the stable boy, they embark on a quest to save their lost parents and find the Bluebird.

    The palace of Night and the Land of the Dead. Skyships. The Goblin Market. A black wolf and the Huntsman who pursues him. A gang of clockwork-enhanced children living in the lost Underground tunnels under the city.

    This is The Children’s Bluebird as you’ve never imagined it.

    Buy now on: Amazon US – Amazon UK

     

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